Not Too Early To Panic

, , , , , | Working | July 4, 2019

(After working at my location for over three years, I have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. I try not to have any problems at work, but this particular night, management has not been able to control employees and due to how busy it is, I am unable to catch up on the things I need to do. I am finally triggered into a full panic attack after a customer makes fun of the way I talk. I text my best friend and my mom, who says she’ll come to get me.)

Mom: *stands at the counter*

Manager: “Oh, Mrs. [Last Name], what can I get for you?”

Mom: *points to the back, where I am*

Me: *comes up from the back, shaking, visibly pale, and having been crying*

Manager: “Oh, my! [My Name], go home. Go home. Don’t worry about anything over here. GO HOME.” *turns on headset* “[Coworker #1], go cover the hole!”

(I go home and calm down. The next day, the general manager is the manager on duty. I go to talk to her about what happened the previous day to see if everything is all right. When I get there, the general manager is yelling at [Coworker #2].)

General Manager: “You should know better than to just up and leave early! You left us short-handed!”

Coworker #2: *sees me* “But she—” *points at me* “Left early yesterday!”

General Manager: *shakes her head* “[Coworker #2], [My Name] has a reputation for doing her work, unlike you. You need to grow up and stop blaming her for what you did. You left without a manager telling you that you could go.”

Coworker #2: *leaves*

Me: “Um, sorry about last night.”

General Manager: “Don’t worry about it. [Coworker #3] was coming in about an hour after you left, so he came in an hour early to cover you. We were fine until [Coworker #2] heard and decided to leave.”

(The entire shift, [Coworker #2] glared at me while other coworkers told me how they handled with their own anxiety attacks.)

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